Conquest of Elysium 3 is an old school turn based fantasy strategy game. You start by choosing one of 17 different characters, e.g. Necromancer, Demonologist, Dwarf Queen, Troll King or maybe a High Priestess of Ba'al. The different character classes vary wildly in what special abilities they have and what parts of the world they should focus on conquering. E.g. the Demonologist needs sacrifices that you gain from towns and villages, but the Druid want special herbs that are found in forests. But of course gold is always good to have, so all classes can make use of a gold or silver mine, but only the Enchanter can make a Gold Golem out of it.

The Witch can use fungus to summon a Catoblepas whose gaze can annihilate an entire row of enemies per turn. The Demonologist can summon powerful demon lords, but only if he is reckless because the likelihood of a demon lord attacking his summoner is quite high. Careful Demonologists make use of the lesser summoning that are also powerful when compared to mortal men. The Warlock can summon an immortal Phoenix. The Phoenix explodes when it dies and then swiftly reforms in the home citadel of its owner. In short the main thing about this game is the amount of features and special abilities that can be used.

The game can be described as a strategy roguelike, it plays fast and you can die quickly if you are unlucky. Worlds are randomly generated, so no two games are the same. It is also an unfair game, random events can wreak havoc upon the world and game changing monsters or locations can be encountered.


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Feature List

Here is a list of some features that are available in CoE 3.
* Many monsters and many special abilities. Some examples right below.
* Assassins that make an assassination attack before combat starts.
* Catapults, Hill Giants and Rocs that can throw or drop boulders during sieges.
* Immortal Liches and Vampires.
* Regenerating trolls rise from the dead if they haven't been killed too badly or their side lost.
* Large worms that can swallow smaller enemies whole. Swallowed units take a few points of damage from digestion each round until they are freed.
* And many many more monsters and abilities....
* Hotseat and network support for multiplayer games.
* Team play, you can be 2 players against the AI for example.
* Random maps.
* 17 different classes to choose from. And they are quite different from each other, both in what resources they need and what kind of rituals or special abilities they have.
* Spell system with currently 42 magic paths.
* Many magic items.
* Permanent battle afflictions.
* Horrors.
* Stealth and invisibility. Scouts needed to detect stealthy troops, something with spirit sight is needed to detect the invisible ones.
* Shape changers that looks like something else when seen by the enemies.

Videos and Articles about Conquest of Elysium 3

Indie test drive of Conquest of Elysium 3 on Paul's you tube channel.
Paul continues playing the necromancer from the video above. Still on Paul's you tube channel.
Tom Chick's article on Quarter to Three called give the necromancers a hand.
Tom Chick's article on Quarter to Three called sex, dwarves, and diamonds
Review on flash of steel called conquest-of-elysium-3-and-the-sudden-sting-of-death
Halfbeard's HUD has got this review
A Space Biff article called Can't Get Enough Human Sacrifices
Space Biff's review

Buying and Forum

The game can be bought from Steam and there is also a forum there.

There is a CoE3 Forum on Steam that contains much useful information.


The manual for the game as well as the latest manuals for modding and map editing can be downloaded here.
Game Manual (3.16)
Map Editor Manual (3.16)
Modding Manual (3.16)


The game is still being updated occasionally. You can check the progress page to see what changes are being made to the game. If you are using the Steam client you will be updated automatically. Check Illwinter's main page to see when updates are released.

System Requirements

The game can be played on Windows, Linux and Mac OSX and does not require a very new computer. A 5 year old computer should be able to run this game without breaking a sweat. About 100 MB hard drive space is needed and your computer needs at least 512 MB ram.

Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7.

Both 32 and 64 bit builds of CoE3 are provided

Mac OSX:
OSX 10.3 or later
Both powerpc and intel CPUs are supported

Android Tablets:
See the Conquest of Elysium3 for Tablets page for details.

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